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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Apr 8, 2010 8:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how the hell did this guy never make it big?

Good point Arb! Familiar with half of who you mentioned - LOVE Dave Alvin ( somewhere in time with Los Lobos is where I first got exposed and that tune always brings me to a great place ).And Billy Bragg? What can I say? Woody Guthrie has been an American hero of mine ever since a young child ( this Land is your Land wasn't lost on me )and I happen to still have a lot of respect for artists that aren't afraid to speak their mind and heart LOUDLY. And I look forward to checking out the couple I haven't heard of. Thanks

My only point is that it amazes me he wasn't able to make more of a living to make music his primary occupation, or at least to be more of a name. Especially that he was around back when. Would love to see him be able to cash in at least once like Chaquico did ( not saying he cashed in in a bad way ).

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 8, 2010 8:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how the hell did this guy never make it big?

yeah J., Dave Alvin is pretty cool, i only became aware of him a couple of years ago, but since then, wow, his music is pretty impressive, and like you re: Peter Kaukonen, one wonders why he isn't more well known, altho, i'd say he's not as unknown as Jorma's bro

speaking of Billy B., i've been a fan of him since the mid '80s, and i love that he hasn't side-stepped his beliefs over his long career, at least as far as i know; here's one of my very favorite recordings of his at the Archive, i listen to it all the time:

http://www.archive.org/details/bbragg1987-06-05.flac16

the interaction with the crowd is true Billy

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Poster: snori Date: Apr 9, 2010 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how the hell did this guy never make it big?

Nice to see Billy has an audience in the U.S. i've been going to see him for more years than I care to remember, and particularly enjoy the Tolpuddle Martyr shows. A bit of history here http://www.squidoo.com/tolpuddle-martyrs

A favourite http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTneVU-E7Jo

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 8, 2010 9:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: how the hell did this guy never make it big?

staring at a signed poster of "reaching the converted" that sits above my computer. Love me some Billy! Not exactly a light touch...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FknxIkLbn7E&;feature=related

And thanks for turning me on to the fact that Mission of Burma is on archive. I have REM to think for first turning me on to Billy, Mission, Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) and Alejandro (Rank & File)

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